ICE, ICE baby: Costa Rican telco reveals Nicaraguan expansion plans

8 Apr 2014

Costa Rica-based Grupo Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE) is poised to begin offering telecoms services to businesses in Nicaragua, TeleSemana reports. Utilising the transmission network belonging to Nicaraguan utility firm Enatrel, the company seeks to deploy fibre from the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border to the latter’s capital, Managua, in a bid to serve corporate customers and public sector organisations. ICE president Teofilo de la Torre has noted that the company is exploring other Central American markets after witnessing increased competition from the likes of Claro and Movistar in its domestic market.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, back in November 2012 Mr de la Torre confirmed that ICE was no longer interested in participating in the Nicaraguan government’s tender for two new mobile licences, despite acquiring bidding documents from regulator Instituto Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (Telcor) the previous month. As a result of ICE’s withdrawal, the sole bidder was China’s little-known Xinwei Group, which has yet to launch commercial services.

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